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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Jeff in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi
     
    @Kev: sorry about the server mishap. I noticed just after I posted and then failed in correcting.
    Anyway second try and hoping it works.
     
    @Antony: Nice to be here!
     
    I usually break my build down into smaller units and finish each unit before posting. Being a Brit and living in Germany since 71 I already posted the main section of the fuselarge at Wettringer a German site. Currently I'm translating so more will come soon.
     
    Here are the first images of
    Unit 1 : The Cockpit
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    More closeups to follow soon.
     
    All questions welcome!
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Victor K2 in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Next the engines where built no customizing. Just plenty of paint work.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Still need some filling here!
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Victor K2 in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi,
     
    can you imagine the pleasure when the baby stands on its own feet.
     
    Not much to say in this round the engine nacelles have been put in the wings and now the Mossie can stand on its own two feet. The rear wheel has also been put in place together with e new mud guard "Cant see much as its inside the tail".
     
    Nothing else to say really only that the lamps in the nacelles will be connected in the next few days.
     
     

     

     

     

     
    Hope you like it.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
     
    PS: Disappointing but the monster doesn't fit in my photo booth anymore.
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from theseeker in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi,
     
    can you imagine the pleasure when the baby stands on its own feet.
     
    Not much to say in this round the engine nacelles have been put in the wings and now the Mossie can stand on its own two feet. The rear wheel has also been put in place together with e new mud guard "Cant see much as its inside the tail".
     
    Nothing else to say really only that the lamps in the nacelles will be connected in the next few days.
     
     

     

     

     

     
    Hope you like it.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
     
    PS: Disappointing but the monster doesn't fit in my photo booth anymore.
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from theseeker in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi,

    long time no updates, but now the program is rolling again.
     
    @Anthony: Glad you liked the Dads Army bit.
     
    Unit 12 Undercarriage,
     
    This being part of the Engine Nacelles means I'm keeping to the planned schedule. At least that's what I like to think.
     
    The Airfix kit really misses lot of details. And it has been quit challenging.
    Starting with the Engine Bulkhead in the Nacelles there are missing structural details. Looking at the wheels it is also disappointing to think that the Airfix Mossie apparently has no brakes, so all the hydraulics needed to be appended.
    Bit of electric work was also needed and more is to come.
     
    Also one of the main issues I found was the missing caps for the down folded suspension. I found a nice way to build these and will probably do some more detailing using the same technique later.
    I formed the shape of the caps with balsa wood. Then covered them with kitchen foil, Next a layer of elasic bandage was pulled over and fixed. Next step fine quartz sand and SUPERGLUE. Stinks to ......, however the end result is strong and stable. A little sanding afterwards and I it fits.
     
    Anyway no more talk from me but a few pics of the last three weeks effort.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Hope you enjoyed this and I'll be back soon with more on the Nacelles!
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Learstang in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi
     
    @Kev: sorry about the server mishap. I noticed just after I posted and then failed in correcting.
    Anyway second try and hoping it works.
     
    @Antony: Nice to be here!
     
    I usually break my build down into smaller units and finish each unit before posting. Being a Brit and living in Germany since 71 I already posted the main section of the fuselarge at Wettringer a German site. Currently I'm translating so more will come soon.
     
    Here are the first images of
    Unit 1 : The Cockpit
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    More closeups to follow soon.
     
    All questions welcome!
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi Anthony,
    Hi Harvey,
     
    no need to feel guilty. If I had the Tamiya or HK Model and hadn't got so far I think the only thing that would stop me from abandoning the Airfix would be my greed and not wanting to waste an investment.
     
    On the other hand the Airfix does give lots of opportunities for improvements which I might then miss.
     
    A goody which is to come is that I have again placed an LED in the Wheels Bays, jut for the fun of it and the impression they make when the room is darkened and the lights are on. It looks brilliant, although it is not quite scale.
    As soon as they're in a situation to have photos made I'll do so and post.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi,

    long time no updates, but now the program is rolling again.
     
    @Anthony: Glad you liked the Dads Army bit.
     
    Unit 12 Undercarriage,
     
    This being part of the Engine Nacelles means I'm keeping to the planned schedule. At least that's what I like to think.
     
    The Airfix kit really misses lot of details. And it has been quit challenging.
    Starting with the Engine Bulkhead in the Nacelles there are missing structural details. Looking at the wheels it is also disappointing to think that the Airfix Mossie apparently has no brakes, so all the hydraulics needed to be appended.
    Bit of electric work was also needed and more is to come.
     
    Also one of the main issues I found was the missing caps for the down folded suspension. I found a nice way to build these and will probably do some more detailing using the same technique later.
    I formed the shape of the caps with balsa wood. Then covered them with kitchen foil, Next a layer of elasic bandage was pulled over and fixed. Next step fine quartz sand and SUPERGLUE. Stinks to ......, however the end result is strong and stable. A little sanding afterwards and I it fits.
     
    Anyway no more talk from me but a few pics of the last three weeks effort.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Hope you enjoyed this and I'll be back soon with more on the Nacelles!
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Victor K2 in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi,

    long time no updates, but now the program is rolling again.
     
    @Anthony: Glad you liked the Dads Army bit.
     
    Unit 12 Undercarriage,
     
    This being part of the Engine Nacelles means I'm keeping to the planned schedule. At least that's what I like to think.
     
    The Airfix kit really misses lot of details. And it has been quit challenging.
    Starting with the Engine Bulkhead in the Nacelles there are missing structural details. Looking at the wheels it is also disappointing to think that the Airfix Mossie apparently has no brakes, so all the hydraulics needed to be appended.
    Bit of electric work was also needed and more is to come.
     
    Also one of the main issues I found was the missing caps for the down folded suspension. I found a nice way to build these and will probably do some more detailing using the same technique later.
    I formed the shape of the caps with balsa wood. Then covered them with kitchen foil, Next a layer of elasic bandage was pulled over and fixed. Next step fine quartz sand and SUPERGLUE. Stinks to ......, however the end result is strong and stable. A little sanding afterwards and I it fits.
     
    Anyway no more talk from me but a few pics of the last three weeks effort.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Hope you enjoyed this and I'll be back soon with more on the Nacelles!
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    "One For the Road"
     
    Modular building of this Mossie caused a need for a small project to be inserted. As I need to put the Mossie away for a while due to lack of room for my hobby, our balcony is being renovated and the flowers need to come in, I decided to put everything into the glass cabinet. Then it dawned on me and I discovered I had a problem. Where do I put the bits that are currently not in use?
     
    I decided to call Mr. Mainwaring of the Home Guard and he said that he would ask Walker if he could find a Bomb Trolley. After three weeks he called back and said he had found one and would ask Jones to take it to the airfield.
     
    Hope you enjoy the pics:
     

     

     

     

     

     
    On delivery it turned out that Walker had actually scratch built the bomb trolley using resin wheels from a 1/48 Hummer, and the front wheel axles fell off a 1/24 truck.
     
    As always!
     
    Questions and Comments always welcome.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
     
    PS: For all who are wondering, the names of the characters in this story are from the British Sitcom Dad's Army. The Ford Box Van in the first pic is a common sight on this great TV parody.
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    mlcflhs reacted to Pete Fleischmann in Mirage IIICJ nose strut   
    Hey All!
     
    Been messing with the Italeri Mirage IIIC. Building the first one as a bare-metal Israeli jet...Here is the re-built nose strut. I re-did the nose wheel as well; but I'll wait for Harolds, which is much better!
     
    A few parts are a little wonky and need to be re-aligned. Not done with this yet but getting there- Wow. The macro lens is brutal!
    The fit of the kit parts was not the best-
     
    Cheers
     
    Pete

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    mlcflhs reacted to DannyVM in Belgian F-104G Starfighter. Italeri with lot's of aftermarket WIP.   
    Last thing to do, is to give the whole cockpit a wash. For this i use strong diluted MIG dark wash.
     
    First, ejection seat.
     

     

     

     

     
    Second, cockpit tub.
     

     

     
    Greetz
     
    Danny
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    mlcflhs reacted to DannyVM in Belgian F-104G Starfighter. Italeri with lot's of aftermarket WIP.   
    Finally, cockpit is done.
     
    I painted the whole side consoles and IP with a mat coat. Dials got a gloss coat to simulate the glass.
     
    Here are some final cockpit photo's before closing the fuselage.
     

     

     
    The colored PE isn't glossy any more. Much better now.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    Thank's for watching guy's.
     
    Greetz
     
    Danny
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    mlcflhs reacted to ChrisS in 1/32 Revell P-38 Lightning   
    Well I got to that point in the build where it all looked like a long road ahead and I had to have that feeling of finishing SOMETHING!
     
    Here is the radio deck basically done. These are the Verlinden cockpit "improgments" with some wiring, spare PE plackards, a few micro nuts, and a scratch built junction box.
     


     
    I also started on the panel...some painting and a few touch ups left here.
     

     
    And finally I bashed an early Lightning wheel from kit parts, brass rod, a spare piece of PE switch head and styrene rod. I'll clean this up a lot before finishing
     

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    mlcflhs reacted to mywifehatesmodels in Bf 110D of II./NJG3 (1/32 Dragon) *FINISHED!*   
    Well, I think I'm pretty much done with this one. If Tom has something showing that the "oil cups" are to be red, I might try to give that a go, since I believe they may still be accessible, if I'm very careful. Also, I think the main wheels could use a bit more weathering (although they look more weathered in person that in the photos, for some reason). I'm not sure if I'm going to flatten the tires, or not. It seems to sit pretty well as it is and the shelf that I'm building is going to have a turf base, so it may not be needed. I'm going to try to get some outdoor shots this week and, if I can do that, I'll post them in the RFI forum.
     
    I want to thank everyone again, for following along and all the help and encouragement. This has been a fun build and, even though there are plenty of flaws and things I would do differently if I had to do it again, I'm actually thrilled with how it turned out.
     
    Happy Modeling!
     
    John
     
     









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    mlcflhs reacted to brahman104 in HK B-17...C!!!!!!!! 4/9 drifting to the right   
    Thank you Rich and Richard!
     
    So now I'm kind of bouncing between the bomb bay and the radio room and they both have some interesting engineering challenges ahead. This may have to be in two posts as I might exceed the photo limit.
     
    First of all the radio room. The challenge is this: The overhead hatch was built around the "fuselage proper" meaning the room itself follows the contours of the actual bomb bay and the rear section. The hatch with the window in it was faired down over the top of this opening as part of the turtle deck area. Hopefully this photo shows what I mean, obviously not my photo......
     
    http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii532/brahman104/idb17-27b_zpsymhynvwo.jpg
     
    And where the soundproofing comes up it is attached to the support structure for the opening. Thinking about it, I've never seen this area replicated on any model (maybe as it's just way too hard), but I was in the mood for a challenge so here's how it went:
     
    First of all, I had to add the other side of the radio room inner wall. This sucked immensely, as now my access to the radio room was severely restricted, but you get that on the big jobs right?
     
    Then I worked out the shape of the upper section. This had to be done as seamless as possible, given that in reality it was one continuous piece that went all the way up to the hatch. So after A LOT of test fitting I was reasonably happy with what I had.
     
    Next was to mark out the shape of the opening with the two halves joined. This would hopefully give me the most accurate shape....
     

     
    Then I removed the section and cut out the opening.
     

     
    The keen eyed among you will notice the little bulge where the two walls join. This is because the material is so thin. Once the fuselage is joined these sort themselves out.... luckily for me!
     
    Oh and I figured I should add some control cables while I was there.
     

     
    Now for the really fun part. As the roof was rounded, I needed to somehow capture the curves so I could build the representative structure into it at all the right angles, so carefully I laminated two thin pieces into the hole and glued them. I reasoned that once this was dry, I hoped I'd be able to remove the piece and it would retain its shape....
     

     
    And...
     

     
    There you have it! It doesn't look like much now, but when I add putty to the inside and trim it all back it should hopefully look pretty close to the original. Maybe.....
     
    Oh and I forgot, can't have all that work in the radio room hidden away in darkness. The radio operator had a work lamp above his table, so out came the nano-LEDs again and I built the lamp. I kind of forgot to take progress photos of this but I have to do another for the navigator, so hopefully I'll remember next time.
     

     

     
    And with that, it's on to part two!
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from dpastern in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hello again.
     
    @Lob mag jeder.
     
    after Sunday lunch and a little more translating. Here is
     
    Unit 3.
    Starboard Cockpit wall.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    After making these photos using my macro I thought I needed to do some paint patching.  After putting the fuselage together I discovered that there was not much need as the rework was not visible anyway.
     
    That's all for Today Folks. I'll continue with  the update tomorrow. As for now I plan to plan the wing structure.
     
    The main difficulty will be the Radiators as I plan to make these fully detailed with all maintenance doors and piping.
     
    Enjoy the day.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from dpastern in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi Matt,
     
    glad you like it. I've just translated the next images and thought I would post now rather than later.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    The next Unit will be the rear section inside the fuselarge above the wings. This is where the battery, oxygen tanks, drinking water tank and hydraulic oil tank are situated. Its a complete scrath build and I'll post as soon as possible.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in Airfix Mosquito 1/24 Inside and Out   
    Hi Jim,
     
    I got the 2mm neodym micro magnets from Amazon. 50 for around € 9.00 so they are not really expensive. The problem is that they do have a will of their own, and don't even think of using tweezers to put them in place. It doesn't work.
     
    I used a toothpick with a little blue tack on the end. Then pressed in place with the rear end of a paint brush.
     
    Cheers,
    Mike
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    mlcflhs reacted to Wolf Buddee in Bitten by a Mosquito!   
    Thanks for all the kind comments folks, they're much appreciated!
     
    The control column for the Mossie got a little bit of extra attention. The accompanying pics and text show the details I've added. I used .0075 wire from Detail Master (model car stuff) for the brake and the electrical cables. A piece of fine wire was squished flat and shaped to create the cannon firing lever and a minuscule piece of card stock was used to make the machine gun firing button. Bits of 1/48th scale photo-etch turnbuckle was used to form the pivot and retaining stay for the brake cable. Considering that the control column out of the box was only 3 pieces including the photo-etch brake lever, I've added quite a few extra bits and most of 'em very tiny.......... Lots o' fun though if not a little hard on the eyes but the end result, I think, looks much better. 
     
    What do y'all think?
     
    Cheers,
    Wolf
     

     

     

     

     

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    mlcflhs reacted to red Dog in FINISHED - Civilian Restored B-25 - Maid in the Shade   
    It's slow but i made some progress
     
    The bomb bay was painted in aluminium with details in interior green. More plumbing will be added as I close the bomb bay.
    I decided to stick the two top bombs in there just to pupolate a bit the bay. Obviously these would be dummies
     

     

     

     

     
    I sourced some textured plastic sheet to simulate the soundproof padding some civilian B-25 have on the inner fuselage walls. That's a great opportunity also to hide the lack of details in some part of the fuselage. The emergency exit door is not detailled inside the fuselage so I used the PE meant for the fuselage side bomb bay exit which is totally invisible after the fuselage is closed. It will be barely more visible on the fuselage side but it greatly populates that area.
    I'll also detail the counterweight mechanism for the waist guns.
     

     

     
    Some more paint and more goodies added. The other side received the same treatment
     

     
    The front cabin was also painted and detailled a bit more.
    Black boxes, fire extinguishers, wires, first aid kits...
     

     
    An hydraulic tank was added on the bomb bay front wall in the top turret compartment.
     

     

     
    I'll add some floor in the rear compartment. If it is not done and the rear access door is left open, the internal side wall of the door are just sticking out of nowhere. The plasticard floor will address that issue.
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    mlcflhs reacted to Wolf Buddee in Bitten by a Mosquito!   
    I've been slowly but surely working my way through the cockpit assembly on the Mossie, the operative word being "slowly". I was hoping to have the seat harnesses installed but I wasn't happy with the Eduard fabric items so I've ordered the RB Production ones from UltraCast. Most of the pieces are box stock but some have been tweaked to make them look a little better. As is my usual modus operandi data stencils were added by using either bits of Airscale data placards or bits and pieces of 1/48th scale F-4 Phantom white data stencils. I used lead wire for the piping at the base of the gun compartment and the wiring still needs to be added to the electrical boxes on the gun bay's rear wall. There's lots to do still in the cockpit, especially once I start running all the cables and wiring for the cockpit sidewalls.
     
    This is truly a remarkable kit!
     
    Cheers,
    Wolf
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
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    mlcflhs reacted to Airtourer in HpH 1:32 scale Macchi M.5 in resin   
    At this stage I assemble and painted the beaching trolley and the two support stands, these are laser cut ply wood and assembled very easily.
     

     
     
    The beaching trolley fits the fuselage perfectly with no interference at all with the fuselage.
     

     
     
    The top wing has now been painted and the decals applied, the underside has the red and green Italian markings.
     

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    mlcflhs reacted to Airtourer in HpH 1:32 scale Macchi M.5 in resin   
    I'm sorry for the delay in posting more of this build but I suffered a set back with health issues, all is well now though.
     
    I applied the decals to the fuselage, they went on very well but the roundel was quite translucent, I needed to print another white section and applied it over the decal, this seemed to rectify the problem.
     

     
     
    I fitted the tail plane and added the rudder colours by painting them, I'm not keen on using decals for the rudder. The bottom wings have also been painted and fitted to the fuselage.
     

     
     
    I have decided to use the suspended wing floats and not the floats supplied with the kit. The floats were made from styrene sheet and the brackets from copper wire, I will paint the floats the same wood colour as the fuselage while the brackets will be black.
     

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    mlcflhs reacted to brahman104 in HK B-17...C!!!!!!!! 4/9 drifting to the right   
    Thanks very much Richard!
     
    I'll certainly have one of a kind of something once I'm finished anyway.....
     
    I really should be getting some brass into the mixture, might have to look at that with the bomb bay
     
    The reshaping of the cockpit profile continues. It wasn't until after I'd slathered on a whole heap of the liquid sprue (mine done with turps) that I found out that this can potentially take months to dry which was not really ideal considering I was trying my best to make up for lost time! After trying really hard to keep away from it for about 5 days, it seemed on the surface to have dried sufficiently for me to have a crack at sanding it back. 
     
    This is where my amateur skill with liquid sprue becomes painfully obvious. Once the top layer was gone there underneath appeared to be quite a mess resembling an "aero" chocolate bar (you know the ones with all the bubbles in them) as you can see....
     

     
    Nevermind, it didn't look like it did anything I couldn't undo, but maybe this wasn't the best choice for what I was trying to achieve here. Looking at the cockpit profile, it still didn't look right. I recall Hubert (mostly racers) asking about the flat section of the nose and I thought I'd got it covered, but it didn't appear it was pronounced enough. To that end I built up with styrene and light curing putty, which was good, as it enabled me to be able to work quite quickly.
     

     
    It was hard to get a feel for the overall shape as the window inserts were kind of distracting, so I sprayed the whole lot with some surface primer.
     

     
    Getting there I think. Then I marked out the fairing piece which runs over the nose at the bottom of the windscreen which I think is the part you really have to nail to get the shape right.
     

     

     
    Definitely better, but something was still bothering me about the shape of the roof above the windows. Looking back at the pic of the swoose, it seemed there was a considerable "ceiling" above the window, so I added some more styrene and putty to build it up.
     

     
    And with it sanded back...
     

     
     

     
    I think she's starting to get there, although time will tell when I remove the new holes for the windows if I've got it right. Very interested to hear everyone's thoughts in this because I believe this is one of the most important parts of the entire project, kind of like the face of a figure...
     
    Doesn't really look like much, but that's a whole two days worth of work!
     
    Cheers,
     
    Craig
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